This was an unexpected read. I loved Nick Cutter’s THE DEEP last year, so I was expecting a lot from LITTLE HEAVEN. Too much maybe? The author has distinct style of writing fucked up characters. You think you know what to expect. The author invites you to judge these characters, then he throws you for a loop with their backstory. This was an okay read, but not as good as the author’s earlier books.
LITTLE HEAVEN is set in the 1960’s. This story begins with the introduction of three killers for hire; Micah, Ebenezer and Minerva. We get there terrible backstories into how they became the killers they are today. The backstories are really important. The story doesn’t really get going until about 25% or so when all three of these killers band together to rescue a boy from a religious cult. The cult is run by Reverend Amos Flesher who is obsessed with his religion. The job goes horribly wrong and 15 years later they get together again and return to Little Heaven to rescue Micah’s daughter from the horror of Little Heaven.
This story had some really scary parts. There was a lot of gore and some really, seriously, creepy bits. If you are afraid of bugs, just skip this one. There were some descriptions in the writing that flat out frustrated for my gruesome curiosity. When it came to a certain face-off we only get reactions and I really wanted to “see” the thing. Other than that I could clearly envision the horror.
The cult itself was one of the mos macabre places I have ever read about. This place is rotting away beneath black rock, the scariest part of this story. I was horrified learning about the abducted child. There was a real sense of urgency as these people try to escape, have every route cut off by absolute evil, and then are forced to take a stand.
The characters were well described, but…. here we get more telling and less showing. I didn’t feel close to understanding any of the characters and unfortunately this left me feeling a little detached from the story itself. The only one of he mercenaries that I even liked was Micah. His plight to get back his child was noble.
This story was good, but not great. I think having so many characters did this story a disservice. The ending almost saved the slow start and waning middle, but not completely. I will admit that I will never again enjoy a glass of Kool-aid again, so there’s that.
Little Heaven by Nick Cutter
Published by Simon and Schuster on January 10th 2017
Genres: Fiction, Horror, Thrillers, Suspense, General
Also by this author: The Deep
eARC provided by Gallery Books
An all-new epic tale of terror and redemption set in the hinterlands of midcentury New Mexico from the acclaimed author of The Troop—which Stephen King raved “scared the hell out of me and I couldn’t put it down...old-school horror at its best.”
From electrifying horror author Nick Cutter comes a haunting new novel, reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian and Stephen King’s It, in which a trio of mismatched mercenaries is hired by a young woman for a deceptively simple task: check in on her nephew, who may have been taken against his will to a remote New Mexico backwoods settlement called Little Heaven. Shortly after they arrive, things begin to turn ominous. Stirrings in the woods and over the treetops—the brooding shape of a monolith known as the Black Rock casts its terrible pall. Paranoia and distrust grips the settlement. The escape routes are gradually cut off as events spiral towards madness. Hell—or the closest thing to it—invades Little Heaven. The remaining occupants are forced to take a stand and fight back, but whatever has cast its dark eye on Little Heaven is now marshaling its powers...and it wants them all.